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South Sudan president rejects new IGAD proposal


June 17, 2015 (JUBA)- South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has reiterated his rejection of a new peace proposal by Intergovernmental Authority on development (IGAD) mediators, aiming to end the 18-month conflict in which several lives have been lost and millions more displaced since December 2013.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) prior to a meeting on 3 March 2015 in Addis Ababa (Photo: AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

According to the minister at the presidency, Awan Guol Riak, President Kiir told the heads of state and government attending the African union summit in Johannesburg that his government was committed to peaceful settlement of the conflict but the new proposal undermines peaceful coexistence, hardens ethnic sentiments and polarization of the country.

“Regarding the new IGAD proposal, the President of the Republic and our team made reservations and gave them to the African Union. It is our view that some areas of the proposal should be revised or removed and so we felt that it should be returned to the chief negotiators to hold exhaustive discussions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, so that the result of the consultations would be the basis of new proposals and the agenda”, Riak told reporters on Tuesday upon his arrival at Juba international airport from South Africa.

Earlier this month, the mediation proposed a draft agreement that gives the SPLM-IO 33% power-sharing ratio at the national level and 53% in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei within the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region.

South Sudanese government officials rejected new proposal pointing it undermined national unity and social cohesion as it put the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region under the control of the opposition faction of the former vice-president, Riek Machar.

Also the rebels who call for a federal system in the country brushed aside the proposal saying it encourages the other two regions of Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria to continue with the war.

The minister explained that issues discussed at the summit were vast and complex. He added that African leaders made significant efforts to address challenges from the wider problems of security and immigration to more specific matters.

The recent 25th African Union (AU) summit discussed xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and the current political upheaval in Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.

However, observers have argued that the summit did not come out with significant resolutions especially in the light of the continent turning into part of the world in which some of the leaders are trying to remain in power by changing their countries’ constitutions.

Other questions which have continued to be posed include those asking whether the continental body is achieving its original goals for greater unity and good governance.

The activities of the summit were overshadowed by the presence of Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes and genocide charges.


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  • 18 June 2015 00:39, by lino

    What is the way forward then cowboys!!! The country needs peace no more no less.

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    • 18 June 2015 04:16, by Mi diit

      So the cowboys are not for peace. Let us see if they will win the war militarily. Museveni four days to crush Riek Machar ended in failure. Malong Awan’s last year’s 30 days to crush the freedom fighters ended in failure. Oil is closed in Unity state. Upper Nile oil will soon close. War comes up in the other two regions. Do these cowboys really mean business?

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      • 18 June 2015 06:06, by Toney Toney Matot

        Mi Diit Aka James Gatdet Dak,

        you are leaving only under the mercy of King Paul Malong Awan other wise your rebellion would have been crushed long ago.just be patient and if you think that you are a man soon then later you will not be anywhere in South Sudan. mark my Words.though there are stupid individuals who are joining your Nuer movement those are power ambitious and power hungery people.

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      • 18 June 2015 09:11, by Force 1

        Malong’s 30 days ended without Riak doing because he ran across South Sudan-Ethiopia border to Ethiopia. Malong didn’t have any jurisdiction to pursue him across the borderline.

        The question to you is Midiit; were you resisting Malong inside South Sudan unit the 30 days dateline? The truth is; you were not!

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        • 18 June 2015 18:00, by Force 1

          Malong’s 30 days ended without Riak going down because he ran across South Sudan-Ethiopia border to Ethiopia. Malong didn’t have any jurisdiction to pursue him across the borderline.
          The question to you is Midiit; were you resisting Malong inside South Sudan unil the 30 days dateline? The truth is; you weren’t! Cowards who ran across the border don’t bragged that they haven’t been defeated

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      • 18 June 2015 09:26, by Clausewitz

        Mi diit:

        You are distorting, as usual. Museveni did not say that he would crush Riek’s forces within four days... he actually said that the East African bloc would intervene against Riek if Riek did not respond to the ceasefire after four days. There’s a difference between the two. Source: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/650980-museveni-warns-machar.html

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        • 18 June 2015 09:43, by Clausewitz

          As for the 30 days that Paul Malong Awan set as the time-frame in which he would defeat the rebels, a fair minded person would attribute that to rhetorical flourish. I don’t think you would have been in control of any county if Salva Kiir hadn’t hamstrung Paul Malong Awan with a ceasefire that came into effect one month after Paul Malong Awan’s announcement. You lost your headquarters, remember?

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      • 18 June 2015 15:16, by Panda Odhie

        You know it better bro, where are you now?
        just in Akobo and Pagak only. Bar El Ghazal and Equatoria you only used raiding attack to sabotage the situation your rebellion with your uncle is uprooted bro. it was good those days when u use to capture state capitals but now it has become dream.

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      • 18 June 2015 21:51, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        @lino and miidit,

        Have u ever seen this kind of agreement/proposal to solve conflicts anywhere since world war era?the answer is no! so why S.Sudan? IGAD member states are up to something else or otherwise no more negotiations with criminals.thanks Kiir for the first time on diz boldly moves,this is what we expect of you n continue to do so.

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    • 18 June 2015 10:42, by Ayuen deng

      (Earlier this month, the mediation proposed a draft agreement that gives the SPLM-IO 33% power-sharing ratio at the national level and 53% in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei within the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region.)This is crazy what about the rest of the parties will they not rebel so that they are given 50% of power.Am a core member of SPLM and i don’t agree to that propo

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  • 18 June 2015 15:05, by lino

    Always in Peace Agreements, you don’t get what you want whether government or opposition.
    This proposal shows exactly how SS in damaged beyond repair in Cowboys Era!!!

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